But that doesn't mean the longtime coach of the Huskies is unwilling to change things up. Take this past Monday.
With the start of the regular season only five days away and the Huskies just getting comfortable together, Tsantiris switched to a riskier 4-2-2-2 formation in hopes of improving his defense and making the offense less stagnant.
"We don't know if that is going to work, but we're trying different things," Tsantiris said Wednesday at the Huskies' media day. "I'm always trying to see what we got and what is the best for the players we've got and how are they going to perform the best possible way."
After struggling to put together consistent results and finishing with a disappointing 9-8-2 record last fall, UConn, which was picked to finish fourth in the American Athletic Conference, returns this year with more depth, more focus and a desire to improve. The Huskies start play on Friday at 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium against Wisconsin and then return Sunday at 6 p.m. with a game against Stanford.
"We had a couple of years that weren't like us here and it hasn't been easy for them and for myself, and we want to change some things," Tsantiris said.
Since the start of practice in August, that tenacity and desire to improve has been evident to Tsantiris. He says the team arrived with more focus and a willingness to try anything for the betterment of the team.
It also should help that UConn brings back three of its top five scorers, including former Windham High School standout Riley Houle and Woodstock Academy star Andrea Plucenik.
"They responded well," Tsantiris said. "This is probably one of the most fit teams lately we've had. But it is still August and we haven't played. We don't know where we are. All we ask for them to play with high energy and play together."
This season, the Huskies are ready to prove that they can do that.
"We're going to take it far this year," Plucenik said. "Our team goal is to win the AAC, make the NCAA Tournament and we want to go far. That's realistic. We're going to do that this year and it starts on Friday."